Black circles look extremely adorable on pandas, but when it comes to human eyes- not so much! They’re not-so-fondly called: Panda eyes, raccoon eyes, eye rings, eye bags… No matter what we call them, dark circles under the eyes are the most common harrowing beauty problem among women and men.
If you’ve ever experienced dark circles under your eyes, you’ll know how annoying they are – but how do you prevent them? Firstly, it’s important to understand what causes those pesky purple bags.
Here’s How You Get Dark Circles!
“Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by several different factors, from genetics to skin allergies,” says Dr. Niteen Dhepe. Anyone can get dark circles, however, hyper-pigmentation under the eyes is especially common in Asian skin because dark-skinned people have more melanin (the pigment which gives skin its colour) than light-skinned people. This is sometimes known as periorbital melanonosis. Lifestyle factors have their part to play, too, confirms Dr Dhepe. “It’s really not a myth about tiredness making dark circles look worse!’ he says. ‘When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, you lose hydration around the eye area and underlying blood vessels appear more prominent.”
Individuals with chronic inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema or skin allergies may also suffer with this problem. Lastly, there’s the unavoidable factor of ageing. “As we age our skin thins, which makes blood vessels more visible, and we lose volume due to depletion in collagen, pulling the lower eye area down and creating hollow contours and shadows” Dr Dhepe reveals.
How To Prevent Dark Circles? Here Are 15 Ways You Can!
1. Get Enough Sleep
It’s not a myth that lack of sleep can lead to those dreaded under-eye circles. Loss of sleep results in lackluster skin and a sallow complexion. If that’s not an excuse to go to bed early, we don’t know what is.
2. Stay Hydrated
Cut down on alcohol and salt, as both of these can dehydrate your skin and cause puffy eyes. Invest in a refillable water bottle to help you stay hydrated on the go.
3. Protect Your Skin
Sun exposure can make dark circles worse, so apply sunscreen every day to protect the delicate skin around your eyes as well as the rest of your body.
4. Watch What You Eat
It’s important to watch what you’re eating and drinking if you want your face to look its best. Too much salt and alcohol will dehydrated you, making your eyes puffy and your circles look worse.
5. Vitamin E
Vitamin E helps fight the effect of free radicals that cause signs of aging like wrinkles. Before bed at night, apply a drop of oil (a little goes a long way) to your under eye, gently massaging it into the skin. Leave this on your skin overnight and in the morning, rinse with warm water.
6. Eat More Dark Chocolate
Here’s your excuse to indulge: Flavonol-rich foods like dark chocolate protect against the harmful effects of UV radiation, thereby slowing down the aging process caused by too much time in the sun – a delightful little fact after hearing for so long that chocolate is bad for our skin!
7. Avoid Smoking
Smoking will only put more pressure on your blood vessels and make your dark eyes worse. It will be advised if you avoid smoking entirely or at least reduce it.
8. Elevate Your Head While Sleeping
Although it can be challenging to prevent dark circles entirely, you can easily minimize them. Getting enough sleep and sleeping with your head in an elevated position is an easy way to reduce dark circles naturally.
9. Avoid Frequent Rubbing Of The Eyes
Skin under the eyes is thin and is prone to blood leakage. Due to frequent rubbing the skin may lose its elasticity which can be a contributing factor to the appearance of dark circles.
10. Make Up And Allergies
Keeping your makeup overnight may increase the irritation of the sensitive tissues of the eye. But rubbing your eyes every night to remove makeup can also cause inflammation of the eye area. Thus use a gentle make-up remover that you can wash over your eyes. Also allergies from makeup or otherwise can damage to the sensitive area around the eyes.
11. Protect Your Eyes
Wear good quality sunglasses when you are outdoors. They protect both your eyes from the sun and the fragile skin around the eyes. Prefer wide, wraparound lenses that protect the skin on both sides of your eyes.
Honey has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Just dab a small amount on the skin around your eyes before going to bed and let it work all night.
13. Almond Oil
Dab it on the skin around your eyes before going to bed and let it work all night. Rinse quickly with water in the morning.
14. Fermented Milk And Turmeric
Sprinkle some turmeric in a little fermented milk and soak two large pieces of cotton in this mixture. Place cotton on your eyes for 15 minutes. Repeat five times a week. Fermented milk tightens the blood vessels and turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties.
15. Potatoes Or Tomatoes
If the dark circles are due to excess pigments, you can try lightening your skin with the juice of a potato or a tomato. Dip cotton in the juice and put them on your dark circles for 10 minutes, then rinse off.
Of course, the skin around your eyes is very sensitive. This is why it’s essential that for a safe and successful procedure you get advice from a dermatology expert, which will ensure your eyes shine as brightly as possible.
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